Do You Recommend Hair Transplant for Hair Thinning Over Entire Scalp?November 25th, 2005
Q: I am 19 years old and seem to be thinning all over, including the sides. My father has all of his hair but my grandfather is totally bald. Should I have a hair transplant now or wait until I am older?
A: Most likely you have a type of androgenetic alopecia called Diffuse Unpatterned Alopecia (DUPA). In this hereditary condition, hair thins all over rather than just on the front, top and back as in the more common male pattern baldness. The fact that the back and sides of your scalp are thinning (the donor area) precludes you from being a candidate for surgery. The diagnosis can be made by observing a high degree of miniaturization (fine hair) in the donor area under a magnifier. This instrument is called a densitometer.
For further information, please read the article:
Bernstein RM, Rassman WR: Follicular Transplantation: Patient Evaluation and Surgical Planning, published in the journal Dermatologic Surgery in 1997. Specifically, read the last part of the article.Related Posts:
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Topic: Hair Loss
Tags: Androgenetic Alopecia, Densitometry, Diffuse Unpatterned Alopecia (DUPA), Donor Area, Early Hair Loss, Follicular Transplantation: Patient Evaluation & Surgical Planning, Genetic Hair Loss, Hair Thinning, Male Pattern Baldness, Miniaturization Posted by Robert M. Bernstein M.D. on November 25th, 2005 at 2:09 pm